The 1 Month Programme

 

Introduction

 

We know that short docs have a big future in the online world, and that they offer filmmakers a great way to enter the world of audiovisuals. So, every summer, we give a group of individuals the opportunity to co-direct a series of social & cultural documentary shorts with OTOXO Productions. Simultaneously, participants receive an intensive month-long training course on the theory and practice behind the process. The shorts are commissioned by Barcelona’s leading social and cultural newspaper – BCN Mes, and screened on their website.

 

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The Productions

Film Still Documentary Apprenticeship

 

Every July, 12 selected participants co-direct a series of three-minute documentaries with OTOXO Productions.  Each production has the OTOXO Productions name on it and is published by Barcelona’s leading cultural magazine BCN MÉS. For these reasons alone we demand the highest quality of work from our participants and provide them with the highest quality of training to ensure it.

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Each production lasts one month and participants experience every phase of the process. Under our guidance they are responsible for research, writing, shooting, editing, producing and promoting the films. The tutorials that the participants receive during the course correspond directly to the phase of production that they are about to undertake. Participants are trained in a certain skill and immediately put that new skill into practice.

In addition to three hours of daily tutorials, all participants undertake a minimum of three hours of production tasks, five days a week, for four weeks. For those looking to make even more of the experience, there will be extra tasks available at weekends as well. We know that many participants have jobs and other commitments and can’t always work more than the set hours, so we don’t make the extra tasks compulsory, but we always want to make extra opportunities available to those who can.

The subject matter of these documentaries varies from one production to the next but as you will see from our work, we focus on social and cultural issues, uncovering the inspiring personal stories, which highlight broader themes.


The Training

Film training notes

 

The selected participants are given a one month intensive training course which guides their role in the production. They participate in detailed training and studies of every aspect of the documentary making process, and at each stage they follow this training with a corresponding production task. There is a daily tutorial of three hours, followed by three hours of production tasks (done in groups)
Participants will be assessed on a continual basis, and will receive feedback on every task they do. At the end of their studies and production of the film, participants will receive a final written assessment and written reference from OTOXO Productions, detailing their activities and responsibilities as co-director in the production.
The OTOXO Productions tutors are both Spanish speakers but also native English speakers. Candidates must be fluent in either English or Spanish to participate.

 


The Kit

Film Camera Internship Training

 

Participants are given access to all the equipment they will require for the duration of the production and programme.

The equipment we use on the programme is selected specifically to strike a balance between quality – to produce films that maintain and push the standards set by OTOXO and our broadcasting partners, and affordability – so that our participants learn how to use, and maximise the potential of, equipment that is an affordable price to them, as they move on to produce their own professional productions.

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it includes

  • Canon C100 MarkII Cameras
  • Canon EOS 60D DSLR Cameras
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lenses
  • Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lenses
  • Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF Lenses
  • Panasonic DVX 100b video cameras (for extreme run & gun / low light conditions)
  • Apple Macbook Pros with Final Cut Pro
  • Sony ECM-NV1 video microphones
  • Sennheiser ew 100 G3 wireless microphones
  • Zoom H1 Digital Audio recorders


The Results

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The INto INdustry Programme has provided the launch pad for so many successful careers in the film industry and the media. For example, in just the last 12 months, our programme graduates have moved on to paid production jobs in organisations such as Channel 4, Willis Sweete Productions, PressTV, Budapest Productions, In Focus Productions, Babieka Films, Fifty Fifty Post, Whicker’s World Foundation, Sheffield Doc/Fest and of course, the BBC. To find out more about how and why the programme provides such ideal preparation for people who want to work for the likes of the BBC there’s lots more information here.


The Cost

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The full price is 1250 euros, but with the Into Industry Programme you can crowdfund to recoup the part or even all of your fees. As part of the programme; participants can run crowdfunding campaigns linked to the documentary under production, produce video content for paying clients and are eligible for a wide variety of 3rd party funding.

We give all selected participants the option of crowdfunding to help cover the cost of their fees and many participants fund part or even all of their course through finding donations. What makes this work is the fact that the course is tied into a real production. While it would be impossible for you to ask for donations to help you go to film school or attend a documentary studies course, it is much more reasonable to ask people and organisations to donate towards the making of a film about important social issues.

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To facilitate the fundraising process, we provide interested participants with a promotional brochure about the production and the film. Participants who choose to get involved in fundraising will be working independently, but we will provide guidance and support wherever possible.

After the selection process, selected candidates pay a deposit of 350 euros (non-refundable) to confirm their place in the production. In terms of the balance of 900 euros, there are a number of ways for participants to pay. If necessary, in most cases payments can be made in instalments in the build up to the programme. The OTOXO directors will make every effort to find a payment plan that works for each individual participant.


The Application

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Unsurprisingly, places are limited. But you absolutely do not need experience or previous studies in film to apply. What you do need is creativity, imagination, dedication, focus and determination. If you think you have that, then you can start the process immediately by filling in the application form here.

After reviewing the application forms, we select a list of candidates who are invited to a face to face interview (or, if you are applying from abroad you will be invited to an online interview). This way we can fully assess the potential of every candidate, and make our final selection.

Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.


The dates of our next programme

Our next programme runs in July 2018 and we are accepting applications now.


If you have any questions or are looking for any more information, please contact us – info@otoxoproductions.com.